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In winter, I’m a terrible eater. Yes, because life gets hectic and crazy during hockey season, my eating habits change drastically and I tend to eat whatever is in front of me. Sometimes it is a sandwich and soup, other times it’s take out or drive-thru. Whatever is quick and easy, I’ll eat it.
But when summer rolls around and I have time to breathe, I prefer to put more thought into what I eat.
Typically, I stick to a Mediterranean Diet – although I don’t consider it a diet, per ce, because I actually enjoy these foods. I love extra Virginia olive oil, fresh veggies, and all kinds of bread. Yes, I eat loads of carbs because you only live once and I’m not giving up my favourite foods. Once in a while, I will indulge in cheesecake (my only foodie weakness!) and sweets. But my meat and sugar consumption tend to drop off like dead flies as spring turns to summer.
Once fall arrives, Thanksgiving comes and all the greasy, fat-filled, bad-for-me foods that I’ve missed out on while riding my bike, swimming, and jogging make their way onto my plate again.
It’s not a vicious cycle as some may assume. It’s the way I’ve lived for a few years now and it seems to suit me just fine. I have no outrageous health issues and I’m usually very active in some way, shape, or form. To each their own – and this is what I love to do because I don’t feel as though I’m missing out on anything.
Being so short, you’d think I would have to watch my weight more than I do (putting on ten pounds can seem like twenty to someone barely over 5 feet tall), but, truth be told, I’m not concerned about anything other than the typical health issues. I don’t want to have a heart-attack at age 40, I don’t want to be unhealthy and suffer because of it. And I don’t want others to worry about me.
As for my weight and whether or not others think I have an attractive body, I only have one thing to say…HAHAHA! No. That’s not something I’m worried about. Sometimes I feel bad for subjected others to seeing me in a swimsuit, but, that doesn’t stop me from going swimming with my son.
The best part about being my age is that I no longer care what others think of how I look. I live a healthy life for ME. And for my family. Because I want to be around for a lot of years to share in the wonderful moments with my boys that only a mother/wife could appreciate.
And THAT is the joy of eating.